su·​per·​sti·​tion | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shən How to pronounce superstition (audio) \

Definition of superstition

1a : a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation
b : an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition
2 : a notion maintained despite evidence to the contrary

Examples of superstition in a Sentence

It is a common superstition that a black cat crossing your path is bad luck. tales of superstition, witchcraft, and magic
Recent Examples on the Web This isn’t even the first time Harvey has been a vehicle for an owner’s superstition. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 25 May 2022 In the mountainous hinterlands of Greece, there is a remote village steeped in folklore and superstition. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 24 May 2022 Back on our coast, my mother became particularly attentive to a Chinese superstition that pears couldn’t be shared between people, because fen li, to split a pear, is a homophone for the characters of separation. Belinda Huijuan Tang, Vogue, 5 May 2022 Science takes a back seat as superstition, rumor and fear mix together to form a kind of toxic cocktail of panic. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2022 Forget the superstition of leaving a pitcher alone the day of a start, or the way many basketball players will get in their zone with some headphones. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2022 Since then, the superstition forbids the show’s title to ever be spoken inside a theater. John Carucci, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 Something about Kim—Kris Jenner’s obvious successor—espousing such an archaic superstition about girl babies usurping their mothers’ power? Vogue, 15 Apr. 2022 Lilith became the subject of numerous tales during the Middle Ages, a period rife with demonology and superstition. Roy Schwartz, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of superstition

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for superstition

Middle English supersticion, from Anglo-French, from Latin superstition-, superstitio, from superstit-, superstes standing over (as witness or survivor), from super- + stare to stand — more at stand

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“Superstition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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su·​per·​sti·​tion | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsti-shən How to pronounce superstition (audio) \

Kids Definition of superstition

: a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, or trust in magic or chance It's a superstition that the number 13 is unlucky.


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